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North By Northwest | DVD | (01/06/2006)
from £5.09 | Saving you £8.90 (63.60%) | RRP
A strong candidate for possibly the most entertaining and enjoyable film ever made by a Hollywood studio, North by Northwest is positioned between the much heavier and more profoundly disturbing Vertigo (1958) and the stark horror of Psycho (1960). In the corpus of Alfred Hitchcock films it shows the director at his most effervescent in a romantic comedy-thriller that also features one of the definitive Cary Grant performances. Which is not to say that this is just "Hitchcock Lite". It's a classic Hitchcock Wrong Man scenario: Grant is Roger O Thornhill (initials ROT), an advertising executive who is mistaken by enemy spies for a US undercover agent named George Kaplan. Convinced these sinister fellows (James Mason as the boss and Martin Landau as his henchman) are trying to kill him, Roger flees and meets a sexy Stranger on a Train (Eva Marie Saint), with whom he engages in one of the longest, most convolutedly choreographed kisses in screen history. And of course there are the famous set pieces: the stabbing at the United Nations, the crop-duster plane attack in the cornfield (where a pedestrian has no place to hide) and the cliffhanger finale atop the stone faces of Mount Rushmore. With its sparkling Ernest Lehman script and that pulse-quickening Bernard Herrmann score, what more could a filmgoer possibly desire? --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com On the DVD: This wide-screen print of the movie looks remarkably fresh, preserving the vivid depth of the original's VistaVision cinematography. The main extra feature is a new and entertaining 40-minute documentary hosted by Eva Marie Saint in which most of the surviving cast and crew give their insights into the making of the picture (we learn for example that canny Cary Grant charged 15 cents per autograph). Screenwriter Ernest Lehman provides an audio commentary and on a separate audio-only track Bernard Herrmann's masterful score can be heard in its entirety. There's also a stills gallery and trailers. --Mark Walker
North By Northwest | Blu Ray | (16/11/2009)
from £8.15 | Saving you £9.84 (54.70%) | RRP
The Master Of Suspense Presents A 3000-Mile Chase Across America! Cary Grant teams with Hitchcock for the fourth and final time in this superlative espionage caper judged one of the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films and spruced up with a new digital transfer and remixed Dolby Surround Stereo. Grant plays a Manhattan advertising executive plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted framed for murder chased and in another signature set piece crop-dusted. He also holds on for dear life from that famed carved rock (for which back lot sets were used). But don't expect the Master Of Suspense to leave star or audience hanging.
Gaslight | DVD | (16/02/2004)
from £3.88 | Saving you £10.11 (72.30%) | RRP
In 1944, Ingrid Bergman took home a Best Actress Oscar for her work as the neurotic, persecuted wife in Gaslight, a thundering melodrama based on the play by Patrick Hamilton. At the heart of the piece is a splendidly cruel scenario as a husband (Charles Boyer) subtly drives his wife out of her mind in a house suffocating with Victorian clutter. But MGM production gloss and George Cukor's broad strokes direction make this a less affecting, suspenseful effort than the 1939 British film version with Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard. Bergman has a succession of big, impressive mad scenes that show off her acting muscles--and is given the full Hollywood glamour lighting and costuming to highlight her personal beauty--while Boyer comes alive as he salivates over the missing jewels. The best work comes from a teenage Angela Lansbury (in her screen debut) as an impudent, sexy-sinister maidservant, undermining her mistress at every turn and pouting to perfection. On the DVD: Gaslight on disc includes a trailer, a newsreel snippet of Bergman getting her Oscar and a nice featurette with Pia Lindstrom (Bergman's daughter) and Lansbury talking about the film. --Kim Newman
You Got Served | DVD | (18/08/2008)
from £2.99 | Saving you £7.00 (70.10%) | RRP
If you want respect you've got to take it. At Mr. Rad's Warehouse the best hip-hop crews in L.A. compete for money and respect. But when a suburban crew crashes the party stealing their dancers - and their moves - two warring friends have to pull together to represent the street. Combining a sexy subplot and the best dance moves to hit the screen 'You Got Served' is a fast-moving urban drama with a hip-hop heart of steel.
Deep Water | DVD | (23/03/2009)
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Writer/director David S. Marfield makes his feature-film debut with the neo-noir indie thriller Deepwater. Lucas Black stars as drifter Nat Banyon who has just been released from a mental institution and hopes to become a ranchhand in Wyoming. His life takes an unexpected turn when he witnesses a car accident and saves the life of businessman Herman Finch (the always creepy Peter Coyote) who offers Nat a job at his rundown motel in the town of Deepwater. But as Nat learns more about his boss's shady dealings and is seduced by Herman's beautiful young wife Iris (Mia Maestro) he becomes enmeshed in a classically noirish vortex of sex money murder and double-crossing from which there might be no escape.